Forbes named Katherine Lorenz "One to Watch," an up-and-coming face in philanthropy. She is President of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, a grantmaking foundation focusing on environmental sustainability in Texas. Previously, she served as Deputy Director for the Institute for Philanthropy, whose mission is to increase effective philanthropy in the United Kingdom and internationally. Prior to that, Ms. Lorenz lived in Oaxaca, Mexico for nearly six years where she co-founded Puente a la Salud Comunitaria, a non-profit organization working to advance food sovereignty in rural Oaxaca through the integration of amaranth into the diet.
Ms. Lorenz currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Puente a la Salud Comunitaria, the Environmental Defense, The Philanthropy Workshop (Chair), the Endowment for Regional Sustainability Science, and the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Ms. Lorenz is a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle of the Synergos Institute. Ms. Lorenz holds a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Davidson College.